WATSONVILLE, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study from the
In the study, researchers found that strawberries promote a healthy endothelium which supports a healthy cardiovascular system. The loss of proper endothelial function, or endothelial dysfunction, is very common in people with diabetes mellitus, hypertension and other chronic conditions that can increase the risk of heart disease.
For the study, a water-soluble extract of strawberry powder was applied to endothelial tissue in a laboratory model. The extract caused aortic vessels to relax through endothelial- nitric oxide- dependent pathways. The results suggest a beneficial role for strawberry in the management of blood pressure and heart disease risk.
Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, Director of Nutrition at the National Center for
Food Safety and Technology at the
In a recent presentation to members of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Burton-Freeman said, "Strawberries contain a variety of bioactive compounds that can promote longevity and quality of life. For humans, these compounds can act as antioxidants, serve as anti-inflammatory agents, improve cell to cell communication, cause cancer cells to die, detoxify carcinogens -- a number of benefits consistent with health and disease risk reduction."
She ended by saying, "Strawberries present a wonderful opportunity to achieve a higher quality of life, so we can live well at all ages -- providing a foundation for youth, but also as we move into our older years considering ways in which we can age in the healthiest way possible."
Strawberries not only taste great, but research now further shows that they are good for your heart, blood vessels and support a healthy blood pressure. They also contain vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber. Visit http://www.calstrawberry.com for more information about the health benefits of strawberries.
The California Strawberry Commission is a state government agency that represents an industry of more than 500 growers and 60 shippers and processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications.
For more information contact the California Strawberry Commission at 831-724-1301.
|SOURCE California Strawberry Commission|
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